OMDC Newsletter
May 2014

Industry Deadlines and Events

Youth Jobs Strategy

The Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE) announce four new programs that will help young entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Part of Ontario’s $295-million Youth Jobs Strategy, the programs will help aspiring business owners develop business skills, provide capital, and the opportunity to gain experience and expertise through R&D internships.
The new programs include:

  • The $5-million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, and the $20-million Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) program, both of which help students develop entrepreneurial skills and transfer academic knowledge and expertise to the marketplace
  • The $9-million SmartStart Seed Fund to help young entrepreneurs build technology companies
  • The $10-million TalentEdge Program that bridges the gap between academia and the workforce, providing recipients opportunities to work on collaborative R&D projects between their academic institution and industry

To date, the Youth Jobs Strategy has created more than 10,000 jobs. For more information, click here.

37th LUCAS International Children's Film Festival

Children's films from all around the world are invited to sign up for the 37th LUCAS International Children's Film Festival. Programmed films will be competing for the LUCAS Awards of up to 7,500 Euro. Eligible films must have been completed since January 2013 and be available in 35mm or DCP with English or German subtitles. The International Children's Film Festival LUCAS will take place from the 21st to the 28th of September 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Deadline for submissions is May 30th. Regulations and entry form can be found on the festival's website.

Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines

The Competition Bureau has released a draft update of its Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs) for public consultation. Interested parties are invited to provide their views on the draft updated IPEGs as well as indicate if there are other competition/IP issues that they believe the Bureau should address. All comments should be provided by email, fax, or regular mail no later than June 2, 2014, to: Economic Policy and Enforcement Branch, Competition Bureau, 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0C9. Fax: 819-953-2931 / E-mail: consultation.pi/

Equity Crowdfunding

The Ontario Securities Commission has announced proposed rules to regulate the raising of limited amounts of capital, and the selling of shares, through crowd-funding websites: Introduction Of Proposed Prospectus Exemptions And Proposed Reports Of Exempt Distribution In Ontario. Comments must be submitted in writing by June 18, 2014, to: Ontario Securities Commission, 20 Queen Street West, 22nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 3S8.

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

May 14-25 Cannes International Film Festival 2014, Cannes, France.
May 15-19 Punjabi International Film Festival / International Film Festival of South Asia (PIFF/IFFSA), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
May 24-30 Congress 2014 of Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada
May 24-31 Co-Pro 16 (Israeli Documentary Screen Market), Tel Aviv, Israel.
May 25-27 Ottawa International Game Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
May 26-28 Canada 3.0 -  Digital Media Conference 2014, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
May 28-31 Book Expo America 2014, New York City, New York, USA.
June 2 Libris Awards Gala, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 3 60th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRW), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 3-6 MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 6 37th National Magazine Awards, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 6-15 Luminato Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 8-11 Banff World Media Festival, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta.
June 9-15 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its Market (MIFA), Annecy, Cedex, France.
June 10-12 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014, Los Angeles, California, USA.
June 11-13 2014 Creative City Summit, Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
June 13-23 North-by-North-East (NXNE), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 14-16 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), Corus Quay & George Brown-Lakeshore, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 15-24 Shanghai International Film Market, Shanghai, China.
June 16 2014 Trillium Book Award - Public Reading, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 17 Announcement of 2014 Winners of Trillium Book Award, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 18-23 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 19 Book Summit 2014 - In Bed with the Reader, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 23-26 NATPE Europe –Prague, Czechoslovakia.
June 23-26 Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, France.

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